Based on sales in public auctions, Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman of the Hurun China Rich List, presents the 16th Hurun China Art List, with the 100 most successful artists living in China last year. With a total of US$347mn, the figures dropped dramatically because of the Covid-19 crisis. It still shows amazing financial firepower, promising much for the future, Hoogewerf adds.
Fake news has become rightfully a problem for journalists, but the relation between journalism and fiction is a bit more complicated. Beijing-based journalist Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel covered some of the common ground at the literary festival at Ubud, Indonesia, she writes on her weblog.
This summer journalist and internet expert Kaiser Kuo left his position at Baidu, to return to the US and works as a host of the Sinica podcast at China-focused media startup SupChina. At CCTV he looks back at almost 30 years of change, he experienced. The 1980s saw still most profound change, he tells. Then the software, the mentality changed profoundly. Later it was mostly the hardware of the country that adjusted to those earlier changes.
President Xi Jinping´s “China Dream” comes along with a slick propaganda campaign. But the center piece of the campaign, a clay figurine of a chubby peasant girl in a red smock, has split the artisan Tianjin family who made the image, discovered journalist Ian Johnson for the New York Times.
China´s rich have often been blamed for spending less on charity compared to their compatriots in other countries. But slowly, things are changing, says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun China Rich list in the Guardian. “Philanthropy is becoming more sophisticated now,” said Hoogewerf. “The main cause they give to is education.”
A slowdown of art sales in China is not only caused by the anti-graft campaign or the economic slowdown, but also by a growing sophistication of the art collectors, says China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf in Barrons. They are not only going for big-ticket super-stars, but develop their own appreciation.